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Thursday, May 20, 2021

4th leg of Regional Pre-SONA Series successfully held in South Cotabato - Nograles

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles led the successful holding of the fourth leg of the Kasama sa Pamana: Regional Pre-SONA Series in Koronadal, South Cotobato last May 18, 2021. The event was attended by officials from national government agencies, local chief executives and other stakeholders.

This was part of preparations for President Rodrigo Duterte's sixth and last State of the Nation Address on July 2021, led by the Office of the Cabinet Secretariat (OCS) and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) in coordination with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Regional Development Councils (RDCs), chairpersons of the Cabinet Clusters, members of the Cabinet and the Office of the Executive Secretary.

The activity, which was held at the South Cotabato Gymnasium and Cultural Center, aims to inform constituents in different regions of the various achievements of the Duterte administration, including plans for the remainder of the President's term. It featured a comprehensive report on measures taken to address the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic under the National Vaccination Deployment Plan (NVDP).

Nograles was joined by TESDA Director General and Secretary Isidro Lapeña, PCOO Undersecretary and PIA Director-General Ramon Cualoping III, as well as DOH-Region XII Director Dr. Aristides Tan who all served as resource persons.

One of the key issues Nograles discussed was how the Task Force Zero Hunger, which he chairs, was able to focus on programs addressing hunger, poverty and malnutrition in the country, stressing the "importance of proper implementation of the National Food Policy because it will serve as the roadmap to our #GoodbyeGutom advocacy and aims to show the effectivity of our whole-of-nation approach involving development partners from the private sector, academe, civil society, people's organizations and various stakeholders' groups."

The Malacanang official added that he was focusing on expanding the coverage of the anti-hunger projects in regions and provinces, foremost of which is the Enhanced Program Against Hunger and Poverty (EPAHP) effort to elevate the livelihoods of farmers, fisherfolk and other community-based orgs in the countryside.

"Whether we are in Mindanao, in the Visayas, or in Luzon, our fight against hunger and poverty takes primacy. That's why we actively pursue partnerships with the private sector. Kailangan natin magtulungan. Government cannot do the task alone. We must collaborate for better and more lasting results, all for the benefit of the Filipino people." ###